What‘s Happening at Walker

Orchestra students learn from visiting singer/cellist

BJ Griffin with Walker orchestra students.Singer/cellist BJ Griffin and his pianist Jason Brown spent three days in music workshops with Walker, Buford, and CHS orchestra students. The visit culminated with a performance with the CHSO for Walker and Buford orchestra students at the CHS Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.

“I can’t say enough positive things about this experience,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “It’s the best kind of instruction and engagement we strive to provide. What an honor to be part of it.”

During the performance, students sang along and clapped to Griffin’s renditions of pop hits by artists like Michael Jackson, Lordes, and Ed Sheeran.

Griffin is known for his solo and ensemble performances that mix classical, jazz, and pop music. He is also a singer/songwriter that has worked throughout the east coast. For more about Griffin, visit https://www.bjgriffinmusic.com/about.

 

Photograph of two children with arms around eachother.

CCS News and Highlights October 3, 2018

A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins
Dr. Rosa Atkins

Dear families —

“Every Learner. Every day. Everyone.” These words embody our mission – that at Charlottesville City Schools, we want to support all of our learners.

How are we doing on that? By some measures, we’re doing great. Our graduation rate rose to 92.6%, and for black students, that rate has risen 25 points since 2006. Data shows that as students move through our schools, they show strong growth. As we’ve emphasized social-emotional learning and added supports for positive behaviors, our suspensions have dropped significantly.

However, by other measures, we still have work to do. On Virginia’s “standards of learning” tests, our African-American students are often not meeting the state’s standards. While we and others see these tests as faulty, even so, this is a sign that needs attention. Similarly, we want to diversify the students who enroll in advanced and AP classes, who participate in our gifted programs, and who attain the state’s advanced diploma.

We take these matters seriously. To familiarize yourself with our approaches to promoting equity, please visit charlottesvilleschools.org/equity. We create opportunities and supports throughout our schools, and we work with local and national partners to study and address underlying issues.

Relatedly, you might have followed community discussions about our schools’ dress codes and whether they ban hate symbols that were displayed during the violence in August 2017. Presently, there is no explicit ban in the Albemarle or Charlottesville code, but our School Board stated that symbols of hate are not appropriate in our schools. We and Albemarle County Public Schools have agreed to work together to explore not only the issue of hate symbols, but also the larger question of how we can better serve all of our students.

To further explore these topics, we invite you to a community forum on Tuesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. We help our children learn and grow. Our community and schools will learn and grow, too.

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins
Superintendent

Jackson-Via students enjoying Wildrock

Educating the whole child requires time for creative play. Jackson-Via preschool students enjoyed the playhouse during a field trip to Wildrock, a local natural playground. After a morning in the mud kitchen and creek, our youngest learners were fast asleep on the bus ride back to school.

VA FIRST LADY AND SUPER WHY! VISIT GREENBRIER ON LITERACY TOUR
Super-Why and First Lady at Greenbrier Toting a Wonder Woman backpack and a cartload of picture books, Virginia’s First Lady Pamela Northam visited Greenbrier. PBS’s popular character Super Why! was also there to give high fives and hugs. Stopping in to surprise several classrooms, the First Lady paused in one preschool class to read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?” Cville Schools is proud to partner with the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, Albemarle County Schools, and MACAA Head Start to provide quality early childhood education.

BUFORD COMMUNITY MURAL IN PROGRESS
Painted portrait of Anne Martin Anyone who has been at Buford in the last 10 years probably recognizes this face! Head custodian Anne Martin, wearing the school’s “I am Excellent” t-shirt, is one of many who are featured on a new mural spanning the cafeteria wall. “So many people give so much to the school, and I think that this is a lovely representation and really tells the story of Buford,” said Principal Stephanie Carter. Funded in part by the Charlottesville Mural Project, the finished mural will feature teachers, students, and other Buford community members. Local artist Eliza Evans is donating her time to paint the portraits.

ARTIST, CREATOR OF UVA MEMORIAL VISITS CHS
Artist Eto Otitigbe speaking to CHS students. Eto Otitigbe, the designer of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA, spoke to art, history, and engineering students at CHS about the project to honor the enslaved people who helped construct the first buildings at UVA. Otitigbe discussed the importance of learning about history in the context of art. “Through creativity and artistic expression, we can inspire and gather ideas from different perspectives,” he said. Photo credit: Jeneene Chatowsky, UVA Advancement Communications.

iSTEM and MATH CLASSES TEAM UP FOR CODING LESSON 
Two boys working with a lap top and Spheros. Walker students in Ms. Skeen and Ms. Gallagher’s math classes joined iSTEM teacher Mr. Chamberlin for a lesson in square roots and computer coding. Using Spheros, small programmable robots that roll and light up, partners found the square root of a number, made a path with masking tape, and created code to make the Sphero travel along the path.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE
illustration of calendar 10/4 School Board Meeting
10/5 Fall Harvest Festival
10/6 Clark Buzz by Belmont 5K Run/Walk
10/12 CHS Homecoming football game
10/23 Community Forum on Equity
10/26 Friday Knight Lights All-Elementary Football Tailgate
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More Looks at Cville Schools

Three boys on a hayride at apple orchard.

Johnson students enjoyed picking apples while they learned about the fruit’s life cycle at Carter Mountain’s “Apple School.”  Next up? Farm-to-School Week activities and tastings at all our schools this week thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and the Local Food Hub. Photo credit: Rebecca Covington.

Principal and teacher playing math game with pediatric patient.

A patient at UVA Children’s Hospital plays a math game with elementary teacher Deborah Johnson and Principal Eric Johnson. To read more about our Hospital Education Program, click here.

Boy and girl smiling with arms around eachother.

“We are the same because we both like recess. We also both like art,” write two Clark students. The project was inspired by reading “Same, Same but Different.”  Learn more and see the amazing photos by ESL teacher April Hoffman here.

Find more info and events on on our website, social media, or our Google calendars!

Find us on the web at charlottesvilleschools.org

 

Secretary Qarni receives tshirt from two Venable students

VA Sec. of Ed visits as division celebrates VA Farm to School, Healthy Schools Week, and Buford Fall Harvest Festival

VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visits Venable Elementary garden.Charlottesville City Schools, in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, celebrated a week of garden activities, visits from farm animals, and made-from-scratch lunches made with local ingredients provided by area farmers through Local Food Hub.

During Charlottesville Healthy Schools Week and VA Farm to School Week students sampled a variety of healthy foods including farmer’s market salsa and vegetable soup while also taste-testing local goat cheese, pears, and apples.

On Thursday, Charlottesville City Schools hosted special guest Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni at Venable School. Secretary Qarni and members  of his staff joined students for lunch, visited the garden to see goats from Caramont Farms, and sampled cherry tomatoes, CSYG’s October Harvest of the Month.

Throughout the week, students across the division also mingled with goats, bees, chickens, and sheep in our school gardens and learned about composting, apple pressing, wool carding, and more.

Dr. Atkins with children in garden petting a goat.The week culminated with the Fall Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School at 5:30 p.m. This annual free community event offered food, fun, music, and garden activities for all.

Charlottesville City Schools partners with the local nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden for a shared vision: Young people thrive with the opportunity to engage with nature, to enhance their academic learning through hands-on experience, to cultivate skills for healthy living, and to grow in leadership.

Together, Charlottesville City Schools and City Schoolyard Garden manage nine garden spaces including one at all six Charlottesville public elementary schools, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville High School, and our alternative high school, Lugo-McGinness Academy. These gardens encompass over 26,383 square feet of diverse organic gardens with over 33,724 student interactions for over 3,500 youth each year.

Starting line at Buzz by Belmont Race 2017

Buzz-by-Belmont: Clark 5K Family Fun Run/Walk Registration Open

Charlottesville-area residents can now register to participate in the 13th Annual Clark Elementary School “Buzz by Belmont” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 6.

Starting line at Buzz by Belmont Race 2017
2017 Buzz by Belmont Race, Photo credit: Bart Isley

“The race is a celebration of fitness, student achievement, and family fun that starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School and has become a tradition in the neighborhood and Charlottesville fitness community,” said Clark Elementary PTO President Mike Poncy.

The race starts at 8:00 a.m. and takes participants along a rolling course through the diverse neighborhoods that comprise the Clark Elementary School district. There will also be a free Kids Dash for elementary students (Pre-K to 4th grade) which will start at 9:00 a.m. on the Clark Elementary Field. The dash will be run by age group and contained to the Clark field.

Fees range from pay-what-you-can donations for Clark Families to a $10 youth fee or
$20 for adults 18-and-over for early registrations. Prices increase $5 after 9/15. Race tshirts
are guaranteed for all early registrations.

2018 Buzz by Belmont sponsorsThis year’s event is being sponsored in part by a Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School mini-grant. The Safe Routes to School program aims to encourage students to walk to school regularly and safely. In addition to providing built-in exercise for students, the program seeks to reduce traffic congestion and emissions around
schools.

The race is officiated by the Charlottesville Track Club, and is part of the C-ville-athon
running circuit. All proceeds benefit the Clark Education Opportunity Fund. Post-race
activities will be held at Clark and will include cheering for the kids dash, Safe Routes to
School bicycle rodeo, a raffle featuring local business gift cards, and race prizes.


When: Saturday, October 6, 2018 starting at 8am (check-in at 7:30am).
Who: Runners, walkers, and strollers are welcome.
Where: Start and finish at Clark Elementary School, 1000 Belmont Avenue.
Registration:  Sign up now!  Early Bird pricing until September 15. Tshirts guaranteed for all early registrants.
Sign up to Volunteer: Sign up here. There are many ways to help and have fun!

Thanks to our Sponsors:Safe Routes to School, Ting, The Local, Stanley Martin, ACAC, Nest Realty, Three Notched Brewing Company and Craft Kitchen, Stony Point Design/Build, Ragged Mountain Running Shop, and Charlottesville Track Club.


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Logo badge for 2019 Best Schools-Niche

Charlottesville Schools Ranked #6 in Virginia

Logo badge for 2019 Best Schools-NicheThe 2019 Niche.com K-12 rankings are out, and Charlottesville City Schools earned an A+ , placing #6 overall among Virginia school districts and landing in the top 3% in the nation.

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Additional recognition for CCS from a variety of Niche categories include:

  • #2 of 133 – Most Diverse School Divisions
  • #3 of 132 – Best Places to Teach in Virginia
  • #6 of 132 – Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia.
  •  A+ ranking in College Prep and Diversity categories and A in Academics and Teachers.

We’re proud of the good work of our students and teachers, and we appreciate the support of our community. While any given ranking system has its limitations, Charlottesville City Schools has done so well by so many measures, that the combined feedback paints a portrait of excellence. Three other indicators would include:

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Back-to-School Nights

After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up!

As Yom Kippur approaches, we note that we accidentally scheduled some back-to-school nights on 9/18. We apologize & will develop better systems to prevent a recurrence. If you can’t attend but want to meet with your teacher or get school updates, please contact your school.

  • Burnley-Moran:  Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-7pm
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 18, 6-7:30pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 18, 6-7:30pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 18, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 20, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Pot Luck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 11, 6-8pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 17, 5-7pm
  • LMA:  tba
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Help Nights for Back-to-School Forms

illustration of raised hands with a computer search barHaving trouble creating your PowerSchool account? Need to add a child to the account? Want a hand finishing up your back-to-school forms? Working on your free/reduced lunch application?

Call or stop by during our Help Nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 4-5.  All Charlottesville families are welcome to attend either event. iSe habla español!

  • On Tuesday, 9/4, from 5-7pm, we’ll be at Clark School (1000 Belmont Avenue).
  • On Wednesday, 9/5, from 5-7pm, we’ll be at CHS (1400 Melbourne Rd).
  • Just need a student ID or a password reset? For student IDs, you can call your school. For password resets or other questions, call either 245-2943 or 245-2962. During the help nights, you can also call 245-2943 from 5-7pm.

Image says "translation -- see top of page" in Spanish, Chinese, Nepali, Arabic, and English.These important back-to-school forms are required for all returning students every year. (If you completed forms for a new student this spring or summer, you do not need to do them again.) Most of the answers are pre-completed for you. These forms help with:

  • health and emergency information
  • field trip permissions
  • authorizations for a friend or relative to pick your child up from school
  • accurate bus information
  • and much more!

Thanks to all who have completed them, and if you need any assistance, please call us or join us for the Help Nights for Back-to-School Forms.

Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

Summer-ReadingReading never takes a vacation!  Make this important and fun activity a part of your summer.  Below is information about our summer reading programs.

Also, you and your family might enjoy meeting up with Books on Bikes, a group of Charlottesville City Schools teachers, librarians, staff, and even trained doggie pals as they make summertime deliveries of books and freezy-pops.

Summer Reading Recommendations and Information:

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

For CHS fall information (including senior portraits), click here.

 

School Supplies Lists 2018-19

School-Supply-Lists2School starts August 22.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists.  Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.

And if you need assistance getting school supplies for this year, contact your school counselor. People who registered for this year’s Back-to-School Bash can pick up their supplies at their school open house on Monday, August 20.  For more information about the Back to School Bash, including a link to register, visit www.cvillebacktoschoolbash.com/.

School Supply Lists for the 2018-19 School Year:

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

Need a summer reading list? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

For CHS fall information (including senior portraits), click here.